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Watchmaker: David Buschman (German, 1626–1701)
probably after 1657
German, Augsburg
Case: rock crystal and gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass and silver, partly gilt; Movement: gilded brass and steel, partly blued
Diameter: 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Buschmann belonged to a prominent family of clockmakers active in Augsburg in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His uncle, Johann I Buschmann, learned the secret of Jost Bürgi’s cross-beat escapement, and for a brief period watches with the escapement were made in Augsburg. This watch has an ordinary verge escapement, but it tells the hour of the day, the day of the week, the day of the month, the phases of the moon, and the age of the moon in its monthly cycle.
Signature: Signed on back plate of movement: Davidt Buschman / Aug
Carl Heinrich Marfels ; J. Pierpont Morgan (until 1917; to MMA)
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